From 1st December 2018, the companies and individual will be able to fly drones without any ban breathing down their necks. However, there is a limitation in that they can fly drones only in the areas that are not barred for security reasons. Well, something is better than nothing as per the regulations for the use of RPAS - Remotely Piloted Aircraft System that was released on Monday by the civil aviation ministry.
Jayant Sinha, the minister of state for civil aviation stated, “We want to establish a world-leading drone ecosystem. These regulations firmly place us among the global leaders. Our policy roadmap will provide a strong impetus to all players in the drone ecosystem. We hope that these initiatives will enable us to create a vibrant new industry,”
The operators can apply for the permission and can even receive an instant approval through a portal known as Digital Sky Platform that can permit them to use a drone for recreational and photography purpose. However, the government has not yet permitted the commercial rules such as delivery vehicles, taxis, etc. but it might be possible to make changes in the future as a technical advance.
They regulation has stated that any drone that will weigh less than 250 gm will not need any permission within the visual range. However, it is advisable that the operators must inform the police beforehand and also to make sure to maintain the privacy of the citizen.
The Digital Sky Platform as per the ministry will be the first national unmanned traffic management portal that will follow the policy – NPNT – No Permission No Take-off.
An official stated, “Users will be required to do a one-time registration of drones, pilots and owners. For every flight (except nano drones), users will be required to ask for permission to fly through a mobile app, and an automated process will permit or deny the request instantly. The UTM operates as a traffic regulator in the drone airspace and coordinates closely with the defence and civilian air traffic controllers (ATCs) to ensure that drones remain on the approved flight paths,”
The no drone area will include international border and airports, state secretariat complexes, Vijay Chowk in New Delhi, vital military installations and strategic locations. If it is not followed then there will be Indian Penal Code for the prohibited zone.
The founder and CEO of Martin consulting said, “It is good to have a policy for something which is still evolving. But government really need to think of this is the priority for the ailing aviation sector,”